When I think of buying gifts for my friends and family, whether they are homesteaders or not, I like to make sure what I get them is thoughtful.
That means my gifts have a great story, or are handmade, or are exactly what the recipient wants, or a combination of all three.
In this guide, I’ve tried to find items that appeal to those sentiments and will truly make your gift recipients smile.
2018 Homesteader Gift Guide
When it comes to buying for homesteaders the job is easier — we’re easy to please with canning supplies, garden tools, and lots of books.
But on the other hand, we’re kind of tough to buy for too. When you live a life of self-reliance there are fewer things that really impress you (homemade treats and handmade items are just standard).
So it’s always nice to get a glimpse at some of the thoughtful gifts that others are eyeing for themselves (not that I would know anything about that *wink*) or for their homesteading loved ones.
For Any Homesteader
Whether they’re in an apartment or on 50 acres, these gifts are perfect for just about anyone on their homesteading journey.
I love these bags! I’ve had mine for many years and they are still holding up. They pack down small so I can keep them in my purse. I can fit a week’s worth of groceries in just 4 bags, so they are really convenient to have.
I love this sign! There are many rustic/homestead/farmhouse type signs available but I like this one because it’s so affordable and has great reviews.
I almost put this in the kids’section because it’s so perfect for a science experiment but it works as a gift for adults too. Mushrooms are typically a foraged food but I know I don’t feel comfortable trying to learn which ones are safe and which aren’t (yet).
So this grow-your-own kit is a great choice for anyone looking to grow their own food who are a bit more adventurous.
Let’s get practical. Muck boots are the gold standard for comfortable and durable barn boots. Every homesteader needs a pair!
For the Animal Centric Homesteader
These gifts are for you homesteading animal enthusiast. They love taking care of their animals above all else.
This seed mix is created to mimic the nutrient blend chickens choose in the wild. So, you can plant it in your pasture and know that your chickens have access to a good mix of protein, carbohydrates, fat, etc. You can also feed the seeds directly or sprout them and make fodder (I’ve done all three!).
If someone you love has been considering becoming a beekeeper, why not help them along with this beautiful USA made bee hive?
It’s a bit of an investment but if you’re looking for a higher end product, this is it!
Who doesn’t love cheeky T-shirts? This one is super cute and available in different colors. Want more choices? Here are a few more farm shirts to choose from.
This mug is not your grandma’s farm animal mug. It’s a little bit old school and a little bit new school. I love it!
For the Beginner
Carla Emery’s “The Encyclopedia of Country Living“
This is the first homestead-y book I ever read and it totally opened my eyes to the possibilities of self-reliant living. I was glowing for weeks after reading it!
Deborah Niemann’s “Homegrown & Handmade“
This book is an excellent overview of different homesteading topics.
What I like most about it is that it gives me the information I need to decide if fruit trees, or home dairy, or pork, or handmade items are a good fit for me, before I invest a lot of time in researching those topics.
Yes, homesteaders would probably be happy with a stack of homesteading and gardening books under the tree. But you know what’s better than a stack of books? A membership to a growing resource of homesteading information!
It’s like an ever expanding book. I’ve been using Rootsy for a few months now and I love it for it’s straightforward, themed months and full-access to past topics.
For the Gardener
I just love this movie! It truly changed the way I garden and keep chickens.
For someone who has chickens already or is thinking of getting them and wants to increase garden yield with little work, this movie is really all you need.
Justin and his family are also adorable and just as friendly in real life!
Last Christmas my sister got me one of the Seed Savers gift boxes which comes with packets of seeds (the one I got was blue ribbon tomatoes) and she added a gift card and garden twine. It was probably my favorite gift!
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone out to check the garden and ended up breaking squash stems and getting my nails dirty and broken because bringing out bulky kitchen scissors and knives is inconvenient and… well–kinda dangerous.
So having a multitool is an easy and safe way to always have scissors or a knife (or screwdriver etc) available. I have a small multitool but I think I’m going to upgrade to this one or the rebar soon!
For longer than I have been a homesteader I have loved baskets. This basket is perfect for gathering your harvest or for a million other uses around the homestead.
For the Homestead Kitchen Dweller
What’s more homestead-y than an old-fashioned butter churn? I love how beautiful this butter churn is.
It’s a bit like an antique butter churn without the potential toxicity (who knows what kind of paint, etc was used back then).
The food mills of the past were likely all aluminum, but this stainless steel version gives you all of the function (think applesauce, tomato sauce, pureed soup, etc) without the toxicity of the aluminum.
These bowls are so beautiful I can imagine whipping up a bunch of recipes in them. Ceramic is great for just about anything, but especially bread.
Not only is French pressed coffee “in” these days, but it’s completely off-grid friendly (no outlet necessary).
For the Crafter
This kit makes up to 68 candles! A perfect gift for someone interested in learning how to make candles from beeswax.
For the knitter in your life, this beautiful hand-spun, hand-dyed wool yarn is a perfect gift.
For your soap making friends, this kit has everything (minus the lye) they need to get started making their own soap.
For the Kids
This kids’ T-shirt is adorable (and often true).I discovered this company at the Homesteaders of America Conference and fell in love. (Psst… there’s an adult one too!)
This game is a cute spin on the classic monopoly game. I never liked monopoly as a kid but I bet this version would have been more appealing since most kids know more about farm animals than properties and railroads.
I heard about this foraging and wildcrafting game from a business and marketing expert and thought it sounded like an amazing product. It’s on my list for the kids this year!
Homestead kids tend to be outside more than other kids anyway, but we’re all human and can fall into patterns of staying in more than is beneficial.
This book would be an amazing resource for those days when the kids just don’t know what to do with themselves.
These are always on my list of fun gift ideas for my kids. Green kids craft boxes are full of eco-conscious art, science, and discovery activities geared toward kids ages 3-10.
You can grab one-off boxes or get a monthly subscription for a gift that gives all year long.
(For more ideas for meaningful gifts for kids check out this post)
For the Handmade Gift Purist
There’s something beautiful about handmade gifts that just can’t be replicated with store bought presents. For those of you who want to be the one to make (at least some of) your gifts, here are a few ideas:
Organic Foundation (and other beauty products)
Shaving Soap (for men or women!)
Bacon Bark (what!? Yes, it’s true!)
If you know someone who would love this homesteader gift guide, please share!